Executive MBA

The Executive MBA programme is targeted at experienced managers across a range of industries and sectors who want to boost their career prospects and enhance their thinking about management practice. Each taught module is delivered in an intensive six-day block spread over two consecutive long weekends – Friday to Sunday. Modules are offered at four points during the academic year – October, January, April and July.

The part-time delivery mode is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of busy professionals juggling career and other commitments with study.

This programme is targeted at experienced managers in employment across a range of industries and sectors who want to boost their career prospects and enhance their thinking about management practice. The part-time delivery mode is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of busy professionals juggling work and other commitments with study. The programme can be completed in a minimum of two and a half years and a maximum of six.

The eight taught modules and dissertation are taken in a minimum of two and a half years and a maximum of four years and a half years. Each taught module is delivered in an intensive six day block spread over two consecutive long weekends – Friday to Sunday. Modules are offered at four points during the academic year – October, January, April and July.

The programme will equip graduates to move into more senior management positions either in their own organization or elsewhere.

Why study this course

  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business
  • The Birmingham MBA is triple-crown accredited
  • Established international reputation of School and University
  • State-of-the art teaching and learning facilities in purpose-built complex
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • Personal development programme and opportunities
  • Highly diverse multinational student groups
  • International syllabus with focus on the issues of globalisation
  • Generalist and specialist programmes
  • Excellent career management support
  • Friendly approachable academic and administrative staff dedicated to provide continuous support for your studies and other needs
  • Excellent IT provision including a wireless network for laptops
  • Based in a beautiful building with extensive landscaped grounds
  • Campus accommodation guarantee scheme for international students
  • Access to all the social, support and academic facilities of the University

Modules

The programme comprises eight taught modules and a 10,000 - 12,000 word research-based dissertation. Five of the taught modules, covering the core management disciplines, are compulsory. These are:

Students are required to choose 2 or 3 of the following options to achieve a total of 45 credits. Students can also choose other options from the full-time MBA or the MBA Exec programmes in Hong Kong and Singapore, contingent upon approval by the Programme Director.

Other elective options from the full-time MBA programme are also available.

As well as the five core and three elective modules, students will also participate in a Dissertation Skills Workshop.

The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other changes.

Module Dates

View the Executive MBA module dates for 2015/16.

Each taught module is delivered in an intensive six day block spread over two consecutive long weekends – Friday to Sunday. This minimises disruption to your workplace commitments. Modules are offered at four points during the academic year – October, January, April and July. The main entry point is in October, but entry is also possible at other times during the year when a module is being delivered.

When the taught modules have been completed, a dissertation is submitted to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree. The subject of the dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage them to support you with time for study or financial assistance.

Fees and funding

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The new postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. As part of the UK’s Chancellor’s 2014 Autumn Statement, the government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate Masters degrees as part of the 2015 Spending Review.

The government-backed student loans will provide up to £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.  Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process is expected in early 2016.  For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page

  • Questions about funding? Use our Student Help knowledge base to find the answer.

 

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or an equivalent professional qualification, and a minimum of five years experience with evidence of management. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail. 

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries - learn more about international entry requirements. Our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band); TOEFL IBT 88 (21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 59 (in all four skills).

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: 

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines. As a research-led School, the latest thinking and techniques can be rapidly incorporated and teaching kept at the cutting edge
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • A series of industrial seminars, given by outside speakers from industry and commerce, provides contemporary ‘real world’ perspectives on the business environment – past visitors to the School have included Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England (and a former professor of the University of Birmingham) and Sir John Bond, Chairman of HSBC Holdings
  • Cross-Cultural Management skills are developed in a variety of workshops and Issues in Global Competitiveness are the focus of a specialist series of seminars
  • Researching and writing a project develops skills in information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • A supporting programme of consultant delivered career-development workshops allow you to reflect on the impact of what you have learnt on your future career development


An MBA alumni, who is now a Marketing Director at Thomson Local, discusses his time studying a Birmingham MBA.

From the very start of your MBA, you receive bespoke advice from our employment consultants. Through one-to-one coaching, our industry experienced they work with you to clarify your aspirations and support you in your future career, jointly developing a winning employment strategy to take you to the next level and to open doors to a range of potential employer.

Employer engagement

Whilst on your MBA you will have the opportunity to engage with top international companies. Our MBA students have participated in a range of activities with employers including BP, GE, IBM, Accenture, Capgemini, Unilever, Deloitte and HSBC.

Group and individual activities to enhance your skills

Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to be involved in group and individual activities all aimed at helping you to develop the skills and techniques which lead to highly successful employment outcomes.

A few examples of these activities that you will undertake throughout your MBA programme include online profile building, Careers in Consultancy networking event, Distinguished leaders alumni seminar series, mock assessment centre, skills coaching, and video recorded interview practice.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.

Career development advice

Our consultants offer an individual advice service, which includes:

  • Career review and objective setting
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • CV review
  • Application advice
  • Interview and selection advice
  • Working in the UK
  • International work enquiries

Skills coaching

Employers aren’t just looking for great qualifications. They want to see high-quality personal skills too, such as team working, leadership, presentation and interpersonal skills. Our Skills Development Consultants offer individual appointments to help you shape and hone these qualities.

Keeping you up to date

Our Employer Liaison Team regularly undertakes initiatives to attract employment/ project opportunities into the Business School. You can find information about vacancies and other openings on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards, as well as through the Careers and Employability Centre vacancy database .

Careers events and workshops

This is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you upon graduation – just sign up to the events to take part.

Using the Careers and Employability Centre

Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by the Careers and Employability Centre such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You can use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search-related activities.